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Spice Island Rosemary

Spice Island Rosemary

Spice Island Rosemary

Spice Island Rosemary

Spice Island Rosemary

Spice Island rosemary is a favorite culinary cultivar, though it has a very pungent flavor so it should be used in moderation. Its flavor is clean and citrusy. Spice Island is an upright grower that reaches 4 feet tall, and is easy to train into a specific shape if you’re interested in topiary as well as seasoning.

Spice Island has the usual rosemary blue flower and fragrant evergreen leaves. It is excellent for use as stem skewers for the barbecue. It also has long spaces between the leaves, making it easy to harvest the leaves for cooking or drying.

When a breeze blows, you’ll be able to smell Spice Island from far away.

Sun Exposure

  • full sun (six to eight hours)

Soil pH

  • 6.0 to 7.0

Hardiness Zones

  • 8 to 10

Spacing

  • 2 to 3 feet apart

Moisture

  • 1 inch every 2 weeks

Notes

  • prefers well-drained soil
  • erect habit, growing up to 4 feet tall
  • snip/prune the tops to encourage side growth

Have you grown Spice Island plants? Are they easy to tend and harvest? Please tell us about your experiences growing Spice Island rosemary.

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